Spring time fun for kids in Danby

11th January 2012'Feature on The Moors National Park Centre, Danby'Pictured the centre.'Picture by Gerard Binks.

11th January 2012'Feature on The Moors National Park Centre, Danby'Pictured the centre.'Picture by Gerard Binks.

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CHILDREN can get involved in a range of events that herald the start of spring at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby this half-term.

Throughout the week (18 to 22 February) children and their families can find out what’s going on with our wildlife by following clues on the Early Springtime Trail, solving the puzzle and collecting a prize.

On Monday 18 February, kids can make a gooey mess as they learn to make tasty titbits for birds and on Tuesday 19 February the National Park team will be helping children get creative and find out about animals that are just waking up after the winter.

They will be making models using clay, willow and other art materials.

And, for children with green fingers, there’s Seasonal Sensations on Thursday 21 February when they will make daffodils in pots to celebrate spring and, as a countdown to summer, decorate pots and sow sunflower seeds.

Heather McNiff, the North York Moors National Park Authority’s education officer, said: “Spring is already in the air at The Moors Centre and half-term is a great time to celebrate as the early flowers start to show.

“The birds have been busy at the birdfeeders here all winter and it is great to see them enjoying the spring and beginning to look for nesting sites around the grounds.

“I really look forward to this week, every year, when families come to the centre and start getting outside again. We have great play areas here, both inside and outside so it’s a great place to stretch those little legs.”

All the events cost £2.50 and booking is needed on all activities apart from the Springtime Trail.

Also at the Danby centre is a new exhibition in the Inspired by… gallery featuring work by artist Eileen Stockwell focuses on light, shape and colour in her paintings of the cliffs, beaches and moorland of North Yorkshire.

The craft activities take place from 1.30pm to 3pm and the trail is available during the opening hours of the Centre (daily 11am to 4pm). For more information on the events and to book a place call (01439) 772738.